Saturday, January 12, 2013


The Oyo State government, on Friday, said street begging would no longer be tolerated in the state. The state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, said this in a speech delivered on his behalf by the  Special Adviser on People Living With Disabilities, Mr Paul Adelabu,  at  the maiden Ajumose New Year party  held for the physically challenged  in Ibadan. According to him, the state government had concluded arrangements to remove destitutes from all streets in Ibadan, with the plan of empowering  them to enable them contribute to the evelopment of the society. He said various skill acquisition programmes had been  put in  place  to train them after which  the government would provide them  with money and equipment to take off. The governor, who explained that beggars along the streets in the metropolis  were not from the state, said they  would all be  removed  from the streets  within the next two weeks and be sent to their  different states. He  warned that anyone found begging  on the streets  thereafter would be detained in the rehabilitation homes. “The physically challenged could still function well in the society because  the government had put everything in place to make them live a better life,”  he said.

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